Egypt bomb kills 21 at Alexandria Coptic church


At least 21 people have been killed at a Egyptian church in an explosion which officials have blamed on a suicide bomber with foreign links.

More than 70 others were injured in the attack, during a new year’s service at the al-Qiddissin (Saints) Church in the northern port city of Alexandria.

Coptic Christians and Muslims clashed after the attack, but police moved in and used tear gas to restore order.

President Hosni Mubarak urged Egyptians to unite against “terrorism”.

In a televised statement, he blamed “foreign hands” for the bombing.

“Wicked terrorists targeted the nation, Copts and Muslims,” he said.

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